Government Railway Police, Vijayawada division, Superintendent of Police (SP) Ch. Syam Prasad Rao has said the crime rate has come down in railway stations and on moving trains, due to visible policing, in the last six months.
Speaking at the half-yearly crime review meeting here on Monday, Mr. Prasad Rao said the property offences or cases of murder for gain have come down when compared to the half-yearly report of the last three years. However, two dacoity cases were reported and the police detected one case.
He said instructions were given to the police to be alert during nights on moving trains and coordinate with the Travelling Ticket Examiners (TTEs) to prevent thefts and sought the cooperation of the public to check crime rate.
Police Sub-Controls have been set up in Vijayawada and other railway stations for keeping a vigil on strangers, thieves, pick-pockets, and anti-social elements. Passengers can lodge complaints with the Sub-Controls without going to the police station, which would be located on platforms. Efforts are on to install more sub-controls, he said.
Guntakal division SP P. Muni Swamy, who is also in-charge for Secunderabad Division, said encouragement from South Central Railway (SCR) officials was good and asked the railway constables to provide a safe journey for passengers.
Earlier, Divisional Railway Manager Pradeep Kumar inaugurated the programme.
He said the Indian Railways was improving facilities in the stations. Mr. Pradeep Kumar praised the railway SP for introducing innovative methods to prevent crimes.
Additional DRM S. Subba Rao, Senior Security Commissioner (Vijayawada Division) Ramesh Chandra, Dy. Superintendents of Railway Police from Kazipeta, Rajahmundry, Nellore, Guntur and Vijayawada, CIs and SIs attended the review meeting.